La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers)
La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers) (1967)

This highly political film about the Algerian struggle for independence from France took "Best Film" honors at the 1966 Venice Film Festival. The bulk of the film is shot in flashback, presented as the memories of Ali (Brahim… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: September 21, 2004
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A powerful, documentary-like examination of the response to an occupying force, The Battle of Algiers hasn't aged a bit since its release in 1966.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Essential viewing.

Full review…
Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Superb and unrivalled.

Full review…
Harold Clurman
The Nation

Its content has classic and tragic dimensions beyond politics.

Full review…
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Both a how-to manual for guerrilla terrorism and a cautionary tale about how to fight it. It's also quite possibly the finest war film ever made.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What lessons a modern viewer can gain from the film depends on who is watching and what they want to see.

Full review…
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

The film establishes a kinetic documentary effect, making the impact of every shoot-out and explosion a deeply personal experience.

Full review…
Variety Staff

It's a dedicated effort with importance as a 'document.'

Full review…
Paul Clinton (

It's as fresh and suspenseful as anything before or since.

Full review…
Emanuel Levy

This seminal. meticulously crafted work about Algiers struggle for freedom won the Venic Film Fest top award, and deservedly garnered Pontecorvo Oscar nominations as Best Director and Co-scribe.

Full review…

Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Spine Number 249 from the Criterion Collection. The Battle of Algiers" is a film that everyone should see. It presents the historical account of the… More
Conner Rainwater
While it is a visually amazing movie, everything else seems to be in a sense of disarray. The plot was over obvious and sold to you like a used car salesman and… More
Reid Volk
Absolutely riveting. There seem to always be a batch of films that no matter how old they are, they never lose their edge. The Battle of Algiers is one of those… More
Ken Stachnik
The Paul Greengrass crib sheet. Great Ennio Morricone score
Randy Tippy
It's been said that movies, unlike any other art form, transcend space and time and transport us somewhere else. Movies can promote empathy and can make us… More
danny d
strirring and perfect from start to finish. although difficult to watch, it is at the same time one of the more beautiful films ever made. non traditional for… More

More Like This